Catholic Charities West Michigan understands the value of seniors in our community and is pleased to sponsor the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs of AmeriCorps Seniors.
The mission of AmeriCorps Seniors is to engage persons ages 55+, particularly those with limited incomes, in volunteer service to meet critical community needs.
AmeriCorps Seniors strives to provide a high-quality experience that will enrich the lives of the volunteers and those they serve.
The Senior Companion Program provides support and companionship to those that need increased assistance for daily living tasks and helps to improve their quality of life. The program aims to keep seniors independent longer and to provide assistance to families and caregivers.
Senior Companions serve 15-40 hours per week helping an average of 2-4 adult clients. Volunteers serve in their own local community in clients’ homes as well as senior centers and living facilities.
For more information about the Senior Companion Program, please call us at (231) 726-1200.
Foster Grandparent volunteers are role models, mentors, and friends to the children they serve.
The Foster Grandparent Program aids local schools, serving students in grades PreK through 8 by providing additional support to help them achieve their academic goals. Volunteers spend time one-on-one with kids who would benefit from a little extra attention to succeed.
For more information about the Foster Grandparent Program, please call us at (231) 726-1200.
Become a Volunteer
Volunteers for these AmeriCorps for Seniors programs must:
- Be 55 years or older
- Meet Federal income guidelines to receive a stipend. If income exceeds eligibility guidelines, volunteers can serve alongside stipend volunteers with equal and consistent treatment
- Undergo both State and Federal background checks
Additionally for Senior Companions, volunteers must be in good physical health and be able to serve the frail elderly or adults who have one or more physical, emotional, or mental health limitations.
To become a volunteer, fill out the form below or call (231) 726-1200 and someone will contact you with more information.
One township at a time
One Township at a Time (Project) is reviving some of those traditions in Newaygo County. The project aims to combat social isolation and loneliness in people aged 55 and older by bringing residents together, building natural helping networks and forming social support systems within their geographic community.
Contact Carol Hart at email@example.com for more information.